Wednesday, 29 July 2015

ZK-AHA

I received some photographs from "Anonymous" the other day.
There was no text message - just the pics.
This is one of them.
Nice.
De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth ZK-AHA was c/n 3789 - a real pre World War Two example.
Built in the UK and issued with a UK CofA on 15-12-1938 and a NZ date of 19-01-1939 to Air Survey and Transport Co and then to the Otago Aero Club at Taieri.
It was impressed into RNZAF service from 05-10-1939 and became NZ713 initially for operations by No 1EFTS until being struck off charge on 04-09-1946 from 42 squadron.
It was a Government Gift Aircraft to the Marlborough Aero Club and was registered on 31-07-1946 as ZK-AKJ.
ZK-AKJ didn't last long.
It crashed and was destroyed by fire near Omaka 01-12-1946.
Pic above from the Peter Lewis collection.
So the top photo of ZK-AHA would have been taken between January and October of 1939 and is at Taieri.

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